August 12

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 12: “He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.” ― Jean-Luc Godard

Hahaha! This one made me laugh really hard this morning! I love it! Am kinda glad I never knew this quote before. I would have used it for some of my more impetuous and less considered aspects of my crazy life.

But, true it is! Again, reminded of all the years of running off and hitchhiking whenever I needed to remove myself from a situation. I did not always have resources with which to travel, but I always had a thumb.

Life is about living…not sitting safely on the sidelines or watching things going on via YouTube. This is NOT a dress rehearsal. Today is the day to get off your duff and get on with LIVING. Full face, in the wind, risking all you think you are putting out there, and going for it.

Love harder, eat better, jump higher, laugh harder, express all your love and joy and feelings of gratitude. Keep your negative shit to yourself. Take away your judgment about what you think…we don’t care.

Don’t worry so much about what might or could or should happen. Just dare to be foolish and have others disapprove…I kind of like it! Hahaha.

For me, this spiritual path is very cutting edge. It has a lot of F… You in it! A lot of big ideas and hand and arm waving…big, spectacular messes all over the place. Doing things that don’t always make sense to others…so what??? It is LIFE!

I do not regret anything in my life at this moment. I spend too much money, I am loud and obnoxious and love everyone. I hug everyone I see in places I like to go. I cuss a lot and love it. I do not intend to fit me into the mold you might have for me to be placed in. I will probably NEVER wear cute little dresses with gloves and stay clean…ever.

I LOVE to dig in the dirt and play in the mud and get wet and get dirty and try new stuff…the more outrageous the better. I want to touch every animal I see or even think about. Not all of them want me to, but I try. With varying results, but I will never stop.

I do this for my benefit, because I love life. I want to wring every drop out of it that I can. I want to love and love and love good people and never waste a minute with them leaving. Just moving on to the next ones to love and love and love. We all pass through each other’s lives. I don’t need to cling. There will be a new space when you leave. It is okay.

The space brings amazing grace! Today I may be adopting a new kitten. There is a puppy coming, too. These are brave ideas for someone who will be 64 next week. I love this! What are you daring yourself to do or be today?

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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